This year, Akshara decided to try out something different. I took a printout of a Ganesha image and she stuck different couloured grains on top of the image. This resulted in a multigrain ganapati. I am sure Ganapati should have been happy with this healthier option. By the top this photo was taken, many grains (along with feviquik) were consumed!
It was the Navratri season and it meant only one thing for Akshara – friends! All her friends came over to our house for the Golu and she had a gala time with them. We also had the get-together for the Garba event. Out came the Dandiya sticks from cold storage!
Practising dandiya at home
It seems that her dance teacher in school had taught them the basic Dandiya steps. She became obsessed with these steps and at every given opportunity, would take out the sticks and start dancing. This proved a bit risky for the golu setup with her enthusiastically waving the sticks (pretty hard ones!) in all directions.
Magarpatta organises a dandiya event every year towards the end of Navratri. We managed to find space for the kids to dance without being pushed about by the oldies. Every few minutes, there would be a photo session. As you would see later, the above photo was the only “calm” photo. After that, they completely lost it 🙂
The fun thing was to watch the kids copy the various steps the biggies around them were doing. And, they did manage quite a few of them pretty well. It was a long evening both for the dancers (the kids) and the photographer(me)!
Akshara had a very long Diwali vacation. So, the build up to Diwali was quite slow. But, with Navratri very close to Diwali, she was kept occupied by Vidhya. Akshara even painted her own diyas wihout making much of a mess.
Diwali day itself was fun with lot of sweets and the bursting of crackers with friends. She was a bit apprehensive about the sparklers at the start, but later started enjoying it and couldn’t have enough of them.
After many months of deliberations based on the dates suggested by Georgian, Victorian, Tamilian, Google, Flight and What-Not Calendars, we finally ended up at Tirupati for Akshara’s first mottai/Tonsure of head/Mundan/haircut. We were in for some royal treatment, thanks to some high-profile connections. So, the barber came over to our room rather than we going to the common area for the mottai. Akshara had witnessed Laya’s (her cousin) mottai and after having seen what Laya went through, she was very clearly not interested in the whole thing. But, after explaining her the benefits of a haircut (e.g. you get loooooong hair) and many such fictional stories, she was “ok” with the idea and was eager (presumably) for her first mottai.
But, it was much smoother than expected, thanks to modern technology. We showed a video of Laya speaking/singing a rhyme and Akshara thought that she was having a video conversation with her and got distracted. The mottai was done and Akshara was happy about it to the extent that she didn’t want to have a head-bath as she felt that the “mottai” would go away!
Her hairless condition meant that she could get ready at a moment’s notice to go out 🙂
Couple of weeks back, orbis school had organised a fancy dress event with the theme being “A community helper”, which incidentally was one of the themes in Tree House last year, when she went dressed up as a police woman/security guard. This year, she dressed up as a Dhobi/Laundry Wala, which kind of blended with her current hairstyle (or the lack of it).
The only thing they didn’t do was to throw the hats up in the air after the photo session!